Redgrave Joins Weisz, Bellucci & Strathairn in 'The Whistleblower' Film

Vanessa Redgrave will join Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz in the upcoming "The Whistleblower" film. Shooting is expected to begin October 26 in Bucharest, Rumania.

According to darkhorizons.com, the film centers around "the true-life story centers on a policewoman (Rachel Weisz) who risks her job and her own safety to uncover and bring to light a scandal involving both American contractors and the United Nations in postwar Bosnia."

The film is also expected to feature Anna Anissimova and is directed by Larysa Kondracki, who also cowrote the film with Eilis Kirwan. To read the full report on the film and casting on darkhorizons.com, click here.

In 1960, Redgrave had her first starring role in Robert Bolt's The Tiger and the Horse, in which she co-starred with her father. In 1962 she played Imogen in William Gaskill's production of Cymbeline for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1966 Redgrave created the role of Jean Brodie in the Donald Albery production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, adapted for the stage by Jay Presson Allen from the novel by Muriel Spark. She won four Evening Standard Awards Best Actress Evening Standards Awards for Best Actress in four decades. She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a Revival in 1984 for The Aspern Papers.

In the nineties, her theatre work included Prospero in The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe in London. In 2003 she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in the Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. In January 2006, Redgrave was presented the Ibsen Centennial Award for her "outstanding work in interpreting many of Henrik Ibsen's works over the last decades." Previous recipients of the award include Liv Ullmann, Glenda Jackson, and Claire Bloom.

In 2007, Redgrave played Joan Didion in Didion's Broadway stage adaptation of her recent book, The Year of Magical Thinking, which played 144 regular performances in a 24-week limited engagement at the Booth Theatre. For this, she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. She reprised the role at the Lyttelton Theatre at The Royal National Theatre in London to positive reviews. She also spent a week performing the work at the Theatre Royal in Bath in September 2008. She will again perform the role of Joan Didion for a special benefit at New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on October 2009. The performance was originally slated to debut on the 27th of April, but was pushed due to the death of Redgrave's daughter Natasha. The proceeds for the benefit will be donated to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Both charities work to provide help for the children of Gaza and southern Israel.

 




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